HOPING to gain a twice-to-beat spot in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Far Eastern University coach George Pascua is hoping for a little luck.
A little superstition, therefore, won't hurt.
In sharp contrast to his serious demeanor on the court, Pascua is always cheerful during post-game interviews.
Whenever he enters the press room, he never fails to rub the UAAP tarpaulin on the way to his seat, believing that it will bring him good luck.
If he's back the next game, it only means the Lady Tamaraws had won and he was again invited to the post-game interview for winning coaches by the UAAP press corps.
“Buenas ‘to ah,” said Pascua on Wednesday after they swept University of the East to secure at least a playoff for one of two twice-to-beat spots in the semifinals.
FEU is currently tied with Ateneo for the No. 2 spot, just behind leader La Salle (11-2) which is guaranteed the first twice-to-beat spot. National University is at No. 4.
A win by the Lady Tamaraws over the Lady Bulldogs at the close of the elims on Sunday, and a loss by the Lady Eagles to the Lady Spikers, will hand FEU the second twice-to-beat slot.
No wonder Pascua is growing desperate.
“Pwede bang iuwi ko na lang ‘to?” he said, pointing to the UAAP tarpaulin.
When told by mediamen that he can actually take it home since it was the property of FEU, being this season’s host team, Pascua hatched a plan.
“Kukunin ko ‘yan ah,” he said in jest.